Overnight at Royal Palm Residences

06 March 2014
At the Royal Palm Residences
Two of my “Feb-Fab-Friends” celebrated their birthdays and we decided that our post party celebration will be just around the corner. Since we wanted to have our usual house party, we stayed overnight at Royal Palm Residence in Taguig. Some of the units here are for rent and so we arranged one. Its a cheaper option instead of staying in a hotel. Rate usually ranges from 2,500 and up. It can be lower if you’ll be a long staying guest. We got ours with a discount rate. 

Our view outside, we're on the 4th floor. 
It is a Thai-influenced and resort inspired residential condominiums, complete with recreational amenities. What I like most is they are pet friendly. They allow owners to have pets at home unlike other real estate developers. What I don’t like is because its near NAIA, approximately just 15-20 minutes away, we can hear airplanes arriving and departing the area, though it's not very loud, for me it's still disturbing. 

Sorry for not having a decent photo of the unit, I'm unable to take pictures of the rooms and others because we are too excited to eat and the unit was quite a mess already. We decorated it with balloons for more festive look.

This is all the pictures I've got inside our 2 bedroom unit.
It’s a plus that our friend work here as a Property Manager so we can explore the area so easily and she was able to arrange our reservations quickly. We decided to visit the nearby residence, the Cedar Crest for a swim, courtesy of her arrangements.

A quick swim here at Cedar Crest
It's a hot sunny afternoon
Group pic :) The girls in front are the celebrants. 

We do not have enough time to explore much but if you're a fan of high-rise or mid-rise condominiums I bet you’ll also want to get a unit of your own. For me, not much. :p
Cheers to a fun weekend celebration! 



Royal Palm Residences
Address: Royal Palm Residences, Acacia Ave., Taguig

Rizal Park Today: A quick tour back to the historical urban park in Manila

03 March 2014
The Rizal Monument in Rizal Park
The Luneta park also known as Rizal’s park is a common site for me during the college days. Having your university just around the corner, seeing how it is today after sometime is such a good feeling. I miss everything, the heat and the smoke of the city. The college students walking around everywhere reminds me of my college existence, and gosh I’m getting older. 

Luneta is better today than few years back when I'm thinner, so baduy and still enjoying the college crazy life. That’s for me, it’s cleaner and more organized. My mom-in-law who was with us during the short visit told me that it was way better during the older times.  

Kilometer Zero is here
It was a sunny afternoon
No litters around that day - good job!
Tourist around - this will also bring them in the nearby historical locations
The Chinese Garden 
This is also new :) 
Now with food stalls around. 
Pleasant surroundings 
Guard on duty
Another new for me, not much structures before
The Orchidarium, also a venue for weddings
They remind me of the "cheering competition" days, we also loiter around  like this for practice
Lapu-Lapu statue on the side, I guess it was under construction before :p 
Another new statue 
Sorry for the photo overload. 

Having so much politics and controversy in the city, it’s still good to see a bit of improvement and appreciate the history of the urban park presented. In the honor of our national hero Jose Rizal and our independence, the park symbolizes every Filipino bravery, courage and freedom.  

Good to see you again! Maybe I should visit our University next time :D



The Rizal Park
Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila,Philippines

My 2013 Highlights – Welcoming 2014 With Big Dreams and Success

03 January 2014
It’s the time to look back and remember the best part of 2013 and now be ready for the 2014 to be more wonderful and fruitful year.

January is my birth month and I decided to have “ordinary day me-time celebration” but that didn't happen as it turned out as the most memorable day for me. I’m officially engaged! Hal decided to propose exactly on my birthday. I thought it was a surprised birthday treat with only of my closest friends and until I realized that some of his friends were also there to witness the proposal. I am clueless and totally surprised, so touch, feeling special, so in-love and so it’s a YES!

Blindfold, dance number, will you marry me shirt, engangement ring, party popper ~ I'm enganged!
 
February was a simple celebration of my Nanay’s birthday at home. Then we have a new member of the family. It's Damon and he's super kulit but lovable.
Nanay with her birthday cake and Damon on the right (now he's 1 year old!)

I got to see my classmates from BSC-CS batch 4A-07 last March for a comeback party at center Stage Makati. Though we were incomplete, it's the first time after a while to get-together in a big count.

Then it was Cher's wedding, we are five solid girlfriends since elementary and she's the first to get married.

And of course, my dream Mt. Pulag hike finally came true. It's truly a magnificent view.

Good old friends are the best to keep! 

I can't remember any major events last April. It was on the month of May when the 'Meet the parents' happened, and Hal's nephew was baptized and I'm the ninang again. :p

Hal's family and I had finally met (formally) to discuss the up coming marriage. So early and excited lang :) 

June was another trip and the QA eskapaderas 'with Hal' decided to visit Northern Mindanao (CDO, Iligan, Bukidnon and Camiguin). We went white-water rafting, falls trekking, swimming, beachineering, food triping, zip-lining, and do some bargaining at ukay-ukay. Another a-must visit place here in the Philippines.

A week of ultimate adventure! 

July and August were spent more on get together and bonding time with friends, no out of town and other plans. July was also Hal's birthday but we decided to save more bucks and just celebrate it with videoke-time with the closest friends.

September was also a no trip month for me, it was sad but some events at the office like Cocktail party and Docomolympics that fairly made my routine change a bit while preparing for the wedding, business planning and etc.

Then by October, after some few group messages and planning, we decided to go to Baler for a short weekend getaway. We explored the town of Baler. I finally learned to surf and nailed it!

We get stoked and surf it up! 
The month of November was not a very good month for me; my mother was bought to the hospital due to very high blood pressure but was luckily diagnosed for no major sickness. However, tatay was confined after a few days due to heart and lung failure, we stayed in the hospital for a week. I'm still thankful for his second life and finally he gave up smoking and drinking. He's getting better now and just need to keep the medication going and continues medical check up.

And then December, we had couple of trainings, deadline to beat, workloads and exams to prepare so to end my 2013, we had some stress-release all girls night out at Haze and had our Year end party at Metz.

After a stress long days of deadline and bulk-loads at work ~ we really deserve to party hard! 

And that’s how my year goes. It’s truly an up and down 2013 for me. I am unable to keep traveling due to some priorities but I am looking forward to put a check on my travel bucket list one at a time. I am thankful for all the blessings and for making me stronger to face life’s challenges. I was challenged few months before the year ends but I was able to keep up, be patient, be more positive and keep going. Let’s all give thanks to our Almighty God that even with the tragedy and failures; we are capable to see hope and light in every way. I am also very thankful that I am able to continue tithing and attending The Feast and was now more open to his overflowing blessings.

I know we are stronger and more focus on our goals and so please join me in welcoming 2014 with Big Dreams and Success!

Merry Christmas Bloggers 2013

27 December 2013

OMG, no updates, no posts, no comments. Sorry for being so out of the loop but I cannot afford to skip greeting you a Blessed Merry Christmas to all!


 

Some of us went through a rough time and some are still recovering. But we all know that we are strong and very positive that after all of hardships, we still smile, laugh, embrace each other, continue to move forward and give thanks to the Birthday celebrant JESUS CHRIST. I am really proud of that.

 

I hope every family had a wonderful bonding this season and may continue everyday.

 

It’s now time to check your New Year’s resolution and plan for your fabulous 2014!

 

Make it big!  

HELP ‘YOLANDA’ VICTIMS

14 November 2013

List of businesses accepting donations for ‘Yolanda’ victims

Here’s a list of organizations and businesses that accept donations on behalf of the victims of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Location: NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of CAAP)
DSWD accepts cash deposits through their Landbank of the Philippines account
The account numbers: Current-3122-1011-84 Savings-3124-0055-81
If you wish to volunteer in repacking relief goods you may call 8512681 for schedule.

The Philippine Red Cross
You may donate through SMS by texting RED and send it to 2899 for Globe and 4143 for Smart. You can donate the following denominations: Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 and for Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

For cash deposits:

Banco De Oro
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Metrobank
Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090
Swift code: UBPHPHMM

For in-kind donation you may send it to Philippine Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila. You may also contact them to arrange donation pick-up.
World Food Programme Philippines

They accept donations via credit card or Pay Pal.

Operation Walang Iwanan – Gawad Kalinga
They accept cash donations only at their Philippine Peso Current Account number-3101 0977 56 BPI EDSA Greenhills and US$ Savings Account number-3104 0162 34
* BPI EDSA Greenhills. Their swift code is BOPIPHMM

Caritas Filipinas Foundation is accepting donations online. You may visit their website at http://ushare.unionbankph.com/caritasfilipinas/

Ayala Foundation also accepts donations online. You may visit http://victoryplatform.everynation.org.ph/victorygiveviacreditcard/giveviacreditcard.aspx or http://victoryplatform.everynation.org.ph/giveviabpi/giveviabpi.aspx

Victory also accepts in-kind and cash donations. They suggest that the items that should be prioritized are instant noodles, canned goods, bottled water, biscuits, coffee, mats and blankets.

* For cash donations they have Bank of the Philippine Islands. The name of the account is Victory Christian Fellowship. The account number for savings is 0063-3205-52. If the address is needed address it to the Fort Serendra Branch, Ground Floor, Serendra, BGC, Taguig City, Philippines. The Swift code is BOPIPHMM.

Cebu Provincial Government also calls for volunteers to repack relief goods for Northern Cebu, Leyte and Bohol victims. For those who are interested you may contact Evelyn Senajon at PSWDO, Ground Floor Executive Bldg., Cebu Provincial Capitol at 254-7198 and 254-8397.

For students who wish to donate yet they do not have time to travel due to their busy schedule, some schools are accepting donations. These are the following:

University of the Philippines System
UP Office of the Student Regent are accepting donations in cash or kind.
Their drop off pointis Vinzon’s Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City. You may contact Alex Castro at 0917-8725396 or tweet him at @uscupdiliman, Eds 0927384-1392 and Zie 0916796-5740.

Ateneo De Manila Disaster Response and Management Team
Ateneo is accepting cash donations. You may visit their website for donations.

St. Scholastica’s College also accepts donations in any form. You send your donation at 2560 Leon Guinto St. Manila. You may also deposit at BDO account number 4580-000-210 and name it after St. Scholastica’s College Manila.

De La Salle College of St. Benilde
They will conduct a “Yakap Mo Yakap Ko Benefit Concert.”The entrance fee is P300. They will accept donations during the event on November 22 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Mapua Institute of Technology accepts relief goods. You may send it at 333 333 Gil Puyat Avenue Makati City.
Some restaurants are also donating for the victims of Yolanda for every food purchase.

Zark’s Burger which is located at Taft near De La Salle University is donating P20 for every order of their Jawbreaker burger.

Yabu: House of Katsu will hold a “Dine for A Cause” event on November 13. All 100 percent of their profit will be donated to the affected families in the recent calamity.

Fast food chain Mc Donald’s is also accepting donations in all Manila branches until November 15.

Reference: Manila Bulletin